Introducing...The Factory!

A hands-on maker space experience coming to Downtown Rutherfordton, NC.

Who we are:

The Factory is a new division of KidSenses, which is designed for youth ages 11 and up. We have launched a 1.4 million-dollar capital campaign to secure a permanent home for The Factory. While fundraising is underway, we invite you to preview The Factory at the Woodrow Jones Community Hall, located just one block south of KidSenses Children’s Museum.

What we do:

Inside The Factory, youth will become part of an environment where they can have ideas, meet friends and make cool things. This interactive maker space features tools and technologies such as Laser Cutters, 3-D Printers, Computers and CNC-Robots. Our maker space technicians and guides will help transform your ideas into reality through fun hands-on project experiences.

Meet our Team

Meet our dedicated and creative team of maker space professionals.

Willard Whitson

Willard Whitson

Executive Director

Willard leads our fundraising efforts to build The Factory. Contact Willard to discover how YOU can help us build The Factory!

Victoria Blackburn

Victoria Blackburn

STEM Specialist

Victoria is a hobbyist who enjoys cake decorating, graphic design and learning new things. Victoria facilitates our maker space workshops, and will help transform your ideas into reality.

Savannah Smith

Savannah Smith

Maker Space Guide

Savannah enjoys designing video games, building things and empowering creative thinkers to realize their inner hobbyist.

Mandi Williams

Mandi Williams

Learning Experiences Coordinator

Mandi leads experience development initiatives for The Factory. She is also a hobbyist who enjoys asking questions, and learning how things work.

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